The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program is to develop and implement the procedures for the identification, use, care and maintenance of PPE required to be used by employees for the prevention of illness and injury.All employees are required to follow the minimum procedures outlined in this program. Any deviations from this program must be immediately brought to the attention of the Program Administrator.
Do you need a personal protective equipment (PPE) program?
The objective of a personal protective equipment program is to reduce employees’ risk of injury or death by maintaining a safe work environment. PPE is not a substitute for good work practices, elimination of hazards, substitution of hazardous operations or materials, engineering controls or administrative controls. Rather, PPE should be used, if necessary, in conjunction with these controls to ensure the safety and health of employees. These programs typically address eye, face, head, foot and hand protection.
If necessary in your workplace, separate programs should exist for respiratory and hearing protection.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.132 requires that employers perform a hazard assessment of the workplace to determine the nature of the hazards and ensure that appropriate PPE is available to employees. The standards require that employees be trained in the proper use, care, storage, maintenance and limitations of PPE.
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The following template can be used to help your organization develop a written Personal Protective Equipment Program. This template cannot be used as is – you must customize the template to meet the needs of your organization. We have made this template easier for you to customize by adding visual prompts that identify some areas where your input is needed. These are identified by yellow highlighted, red text in the template. You may also change any of the text in the template to meet your organization’s needs – for example, department names, job titles and listed responsibilities and procedures.
Disclaimer. This sample Personal Protective Equipment Program template cannot be used as is. You must customize the template to meet the needs of your organization. HSSE World does not guarantee that this template is or can be relied on for compliance with any law or regulation, assurance against preventable losses, or freedom from legal liability. We make no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever, either express or implied, in connection with the use of this template. HSSE World will not be liable for your use of the template as customized by you. All safety programs and policies, including this template and the information you supply to complete it, should be reviewed by your legal counsel and/or risk management staff.